One of the rich traditions of college football has been the Texas A & M Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band marching onto the gridiron in support of their beloved Aggies squad. I believe we’re talking about the largest military marching band there is.
The band remains as one of the very best things about watching A & M football, but the team itself may be heading into the witness protection program in bolting the Big 12 for the SEC. While the Fightin’ Aggie Band marches on…the pigskin program possibly just marched off a cliff.
You can say you’re in a better conference, but that means better competition.
You can say you’re making more revenue, but that means you have to spend more to keep up.
Sure, I know the SEC is as high-profile a football conference as any. But like any conference, there are haves and have-nots. And in this conference, there are a whole bunch of haves.
To me, this came about primarily because once ESPN and the University of Texas formed their highly controversial Longhorn Network, A & M felt they had to one-up UT.
Originally, I thought the Big 12 members were ALL in agreement the best way to keep everyone in place and maintain it as a premier conference was to let Texas do their own thing. After all, they’re Texas. Sometimes, you have to keep your friends close, your enemies closer.
If A & M felt earlier the Big 12 was headed for collapse or Texas was gaining an unfair advantage having their own TV station…perhaps they could have saved the other members the very hard work extended by all to keep things whole when Texas first made noise about leaving unless they were allowed to expand their brand within the Big 12 umbrella.
I am disappointed in the continued fracture of the sport from geographical and traditional angles alike. My head is not in the sand and I know this is big-boy biz. I just have to feel the student body at A & M – the 12th Man – would rather be considered a favorite year-in, year-out in the Big 12 competing against traditional rivals than a newly arrived, mid-level SEC team, which is exactly where they are headed now. A & M’s move will probably put a final stake in the heart of the Big 12.
We’ll probably never know if A & M planned this all along and just nodded faux agreement to Texas being allowed to spread their horns but as stated, they certainly made it appear that way…to everyone involved.